GPE Research Cluster with Johnna Montgomerie: Narrating the search for a Methodology of the Household
|Dates:||27 February 2019|
|Times:||15:00 - 16:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Please join the GPE Research Cluster for Johnna Montgomerie's "Narrating the search for a Methodology of the Household"
Dr Johnna Montgomerie is a Reader in International Political Economy at Kings College London. Johnna's research unpacks the significance of debt-dependent growth in the contemporary global political economy. In particular, she focuses on the spatial relations of debt and the importance of place in determining who has access to, and ultimately benefits from, financialisation
This article constitutes the search for a methodology of the household. Building on insights from Feminist Economics, Feminist Political Economy, Feminist Geography and Feminist International Relations we develop four moves to transform the household, from a conceptual black-box or at best another sphere hierarchically below the state and the market (and, thus subordinate to it), into a heuristic device that informs methodology, where theory and practice interface. Firstly, we assign agency to the household transforming it from an unit into an object of analysis. Secondly, we locate the household in time and space to account for the multi-scalar political economic connections that manifest at the intersections of the social forces of gender, race and class. Thirdly, we provide a roadmap for (re-)distributive mechanisms within and across households and fourthly, we account for harm that is produced by political economic phenomena, whether they exists as violence, pain or deprivation. Through these four moves, that constitute the search for a methodology of the household, we bring into focus how the household acts as a force in socio-economic transformation by producing, reproducing and consolidating financialised capitalism. The paper concludes with the call for a shared research agenda that forges a new path beyond just challenging existing scholarship to actualising feminist critique as critical methodology of IPE.
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